Route 66: Lincicome
Rallies To Win ShopRite
GALLOWAY, NEW JERSEY | Brittany Lincicome
is best known as one of the longest hitters on
the LPGA Tour. But it was her short game that
won her the ShopRite LPGA Classic on Sunday.
Lincicome got up-and-down from heavy
greenside rough for an 18th-hole birdie that
gave her a one-shot win over former world No. 1
Lincicome shot a final-round, 5-under 66 for
a 54-hole total of 11-under 202 at the par-71 Bay
Course at the Seaview Resort near Atlantic City.
Lincicome got pin-high in two at the par- 5 18th
on Sunday but her ball found a lie in the six-inch
rough just left of the green. She pitched out to
about four feet and made the putt, securing her
first victory since the Kraft Nabisco in 2009.
Lincicome’s only other top 10 this year in
seven previous starts was a tie for second at
the RR Donnelley Founder’s Cup.
She started the day two shots behind 36-
hole leader Cristie Kerr and got near the top of
the leaderboard with a 4-under 33 on the front
nine that included an eagle
at the par- 5 third.
She made eight
straight pars on the back
nine to go with the 18th
Shin matched Lin-
66 and finished
three rounds at
Brittany Lincicome birdied the 18th hole Sunday to win the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
Shin’s undoing proved to be bogeys at the
14th and 15th while she held a one-shot lead.
She came back with birdie at the par- 3 17th to
tie Lincicome at the top. Shin could not get up
and down from in front of the 18th green and
settled for par at the final hole.
Kerr held the lead through much of the front
nine on Sunday but her putter let her down for
the second straight tournament.
Kerr missed a number of short putts in
the match-play final loss to Suzann Pettersen
at the Sybase Match Play Championship two
weeks ago. And she missed a handful of short
ones around the turn, giving up a two-shot lead
with bogeys at the seventh and eighth holes.
She missed birdie putts of within five feet at
the ninth and 10th that would have vaulted her
back into the lead. All she could manage was a
birdie at the 18th, one
shot too late.
Kerr shot a final-
round, 2-under 69
that put her into a
with Shin at 10
shots behind at
the start of the final
round, matched Kerr’s 69
and was fourth at 9 under.
Anna Nordqvist and I.K.
Kim tied for fifth another
shot back. RESULT
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